Sugar Bowl, Cover and Stand, Mennecy, soft paste porcelain, c.1760


This Mennecy sugar bowl, cover and stand are beautifully painted with colourful full-blown flowers gathered in bouquets, and floral sprays, including a divergent tulip, roses, anemones, chrysanthemums and convolvuli. The interior base of the bowl is painted with tiny scattered leaves. The cover has a rustic handle modelled as entwined twigs, and an opening for the placement of a sugar sifter. The rims are painted with a puce line.

The quatrelobed shape derives from a 'sucrier à compartiments', produced at Vincennes, and designed to be used for serving sugar at the dining table during the dessert course.

Incised D.V. marks to the bowl and stand.

Condition: Excellent - no chips, cracks or restoration, just two tiny firing cracks to the footrim of the bowl, caused in the manufacture.

Dimensions: Height of bowl 10.5 cm; Width 14.6 cm; Width of stand 20.8 cm

After spending many years experimenting with porcelain production under the patronage of the duc de Villeroy, arcanist François Barbin established a factory at Mennecy, south of Paris, in 1749. Wares are sometimes marked with a DV for Duché de Villeroy.

French Porcelain of the Eighteenth Century, Christopher Maxwell (V&A Publishing, 2009).

Discovering the Secrets of Soft-Paste Porcelain at the Saint-Cloud Manufactory, c.1690-1766, Bertrand Rondot, Ed. (BGC / Yale, 1999).

Seventeenth & Eighteenth Century French Porcelain, George Savage (Barrie & Rockliff, 1960).

Eighteenth-century French Porcelain in the Ashmolean Museum, Aileen Dawson (Ashmolean Museum, Oxford, 1996).


Click on thumbnail above to see larger image